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[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Adapted from website:] HRANA - Human Rights Activists News Agency

[Date:] 4 Esfand 1395 [22 February 2017]

 

Request for Demolition Order on a Number of Baha’i Homes in Roshan Kouh Village in Mazandaran Province / Document

HRANA News Agency – In Roshan Kouh Village in Mazandaran Province, the majority of the residents are followers of the Baha’i Faith. In recent years, this situation has led to discrimination, especially in the field of construction in this village. However, in the latest attempt, the Department of Natural Resources of Mazandaran Province has called for the demolition of a number of homes belonging to Baha’is living in the village and claiming the occupation of forest lands, some of which have been used for more than 70 years for production.

According to the HRANA News Agency, the news organ of human rights activists in Iran, the Village of Roshan Kouh is one of the villages in Mazandaran Province, which is known for its Baha’i inhabitants. In recent years, systematic and extensive efforts have been made to force the Baha’is to leave the village. Among these cases, we can mention the refusal to issue construction permits, or termination of the employment of Baha’i residents of this village. This is happening while construction work is taking place easily in the neighbouring Muslim villages. In another move, the Department of Natural Resources recently claimed that 14 plots of land in Roshan Kouh Village were formerly forest and that Baha’is in the village were engaged in agriculture and construction by occupying forest land. For this reason, this office has requested the eviction and eradication of these lands; while these lands are over seventy years old, and this was before the land reforms in 1342 [1963].

The Department of Natural Resources has refused to provide the maps and aerial photographs from the 1340s and 1350s [1960s and1970s] in its lawsuit. All relevant organs have also been instructed to refrain from providing aerial photographs and maps of the area from the 1340s, 1350s [1960s -1970s] and earlier, to the Baha’is of Roshan Kouh Village. Perhaps one of the reasons that the Baha’is of Roshan Kouh are not given the old maps and aerial images of the these lands is that if the current aerial images are matched with the aerial images of the 1340s, it will become evident that none of the lands claimed by the Natural Resources authority were among the forest lands.

The owners of these lands who have been summoned to court are: 1-Morad Gholinejad, 2- Houman Gholizadeh, 3- Saed Gholizadeh, 4- Shahrokh Nabipour, 5- Anvar Moslemi, 6- Navid Derakhshan, 7- Mansour Rouhani, 8- Hojjatollah Naimi, 9- Minou Naderi, 10- Ehsanollah Rowhani, 11- Behzad Zabihi, 12- Ghobad Hashemi, 13- Kiavash Hashemi, 14-Nader Derakhshan